2014 Schedule

Although anyone who’s been to Photostock before knows that it eventually takes over and runs itself, I try each year to have a basic schedule of things for people to do. We all know that a lot of what we do is explore and shoot and there will be a lot of people out there wandering around burning film and electrons. For those that are hanging around the hotel and coming and going, we now have a schedule to help guide your day. I know you can’t do everything, but I do hope you’ll attend the individual photographer’s presentations as most of these fine people have come a very long way to be with us. I’m hoping there will be a lot of welcoming and interested people at each one. For this reason, most have been scheduled in later morning and early evening to give everyone plenty of time to wander in the early morning and afternoon. I’m certain you are going to like what you see this year at Photostock.

Thursday, June 19

2:00 pm – Registration Begins.
Pick up your registration packet, and laminate pass at the registration table under the big tent. For those not yet registered, there is a registration fee of $50. This year, we will also have a merchandise table where we’ll have books, T-shirts and other goodies for your consideration. Several of the special guests will have books and maybe even some prints for sale. This table will be open and staffed each day in the afternoon. Feel free to stop by and have a look!

4:00  pm – Drones Over Photostock
We don’t have any rockets to shoot off this year, but always wanting to do something fun to kick off the festivities, please join us in the courtyard where Bill Schwab (your’s truly) will open the festivities with a demonstration of drone flight with a GoPro camera. Drones and drone photography have become all the rage in a very short time and this is your chance to see what all the fuss is about. We’ll also do the first ever, Arial group shot of all in attendance. Have a drone or quadcopter of your own? Bring it along and join in!

5:00 pm – Dinner Hour
Hang around the grounds or head out with others to one of the area eateries before returning for the evenings presentations, or head on out to shoot and enjoy yourself.

7:00 pm – Michelle Rogers Pritzl
Please join us in the basement, “Birch Forest Room” for the first of many presentations of Photostock 2014. Michelle comes to us all the way from Boston and will be with us only this one night. Don’t miss her wonderful and very personal, wet plate work and welcome her to Photostcok!

8:00 pm – Meg Griffiths
Meg, originally from Austin, TX, comes to us all the way from South Carolina where she teaches photography at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Her recent project, “Casa Particular”, a series of work made in guest homes in Cuba has been getting a lot of attention and is not to be missed. Meg, along with Eliot Dudik, will also be running a workshop a the Photostock workshop facility near Cross Village.

9:00 pm – Eliot Dudik
Eliot, also comes to from South Carolina where he too teaches at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of the award winning book, “The Road Ends in Water”.  His current project, “Broken Ground” is a study of Civil War battlefields done in large format. Eliot, along with Meg Griffiths is leo teaching a workshop in bookmaking and cyanotype here at Photostock.

10:00 pm – Film Screening – George Tice: Beyond the Moment
If you’re still up for more, stick around for the screening of this documentary on the work and life of George Tice. You may have even pledged through Kickstarter to support the making of this film.


Friday, June 20

9:00 am – Cyanotype Bookmaking Workshop*
*This workshop requires an extra fee and is being held at the workshop facility near Cross Village. Those signed up for this workshop should report there. If interested in taking this workshop, please ask upon check in or seek out someone with a red, crew stripe on their laminate.

9:00 am – Get Your Gear On
Let’s face it, as photographers, we all love our gear and at Photostock, there are people into all kinds of different gear and processes. This is a great time to set up out in the courtyard and under the big tent and show it off. This is something that goes on much of the weekend, but consider this a good time to wander and see what people are working with.

10:00 am – Bill Vaccaro
Bill comes to us from the Chicago area and will be highlighting his new project in wet plate, “The Things She Left Behind”. He’ll also be showing work from other projects including “Boomtown” a study of Fireworks entrepreneurs and shops. Bill  currently specializes in alternative photographic processes and his work has been exhibited nationally while also appearing in B&W Magazine, SHOTS, F-Stop, BLUR, Lenscratch and Flak Photo.

11:00 am – Ryan Zoghlin
Having met Ryan at Chicago’s Filter Photofest several years ago, I instantly drawn to his work. The only person I’ve ever known to bring Orotones to his review session. Fantastic! Fascinated by his Orotones and work with liquid emulsion, I thought Ryan would be a perfect fit for Photostock. You’ll definitely like what you see. He regularly uses alternative processes such as kallitypes, ambrotypes, cyanotypes, and orotones as mentioned before.  This work has been included in the Getty Conservation Institute’s Research on the Conservation of Photographs project.

12:00 – Lunch Hour

2:00 pm – Portfolio Sharing
Although people will be sharing their portfolios all weekend in informal settings, consider this a time to bring your work to the sunroom, grab a table and let your work shine. We can all walk about and see the sights. This may expand into the courtyard and tent depending upon how many are sharing.

3:00 pm – Cirkut Group Shot with Jamie Young
Although it doesn’t happen every year, there is a tradition of Jamie Young’s Cirkut Camera group shots. Over the years, we’ve done a lot of running in circles for these portraits in the round and we’re lucky to have Jamie joining us again this year. Bring your running shoes and rest up for this one! We’ll also do a more traditional group shot for the photo album, so if you can make this, you’ll be in the picture this year.

5:00 – 7:00 pm – Black and White – Ken Kewley and Bill Schwab
I’d like to personally invite you up to the Three Pines Gallery in Cross Village for an exhibit of paintings by the wonderful, Ken Kewley as well as a selection of my photographs. Joann Condino and Gene Reck throw some fantastic openings at their gallery and this will be no different. The opening runs from 5:00 – 7:00PM. Come on by, have a glass of Oberon from the keg and then maybe head over to the Legs Inn before heading back to the hotel for the evening’s program highlighted by a presentation from our very special guest, Holly Roberts.

8:00 pm – Polly Chandler
Polly’s work with Type 55 Polaroid is known far and wide and her test work with New 55 was recently used in the successful Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly a half a million dollars to begin manufacture of this new, instant positive/negative film.

9:00 pm – Holly Roberts
Holly’s fantastic, playful, and whimsical work is known around the world and is in many private and museum collections. With abstract painting and photographic collage, she creates masterful and dreamlike mages that have now been published into two books from Nazraeli Press. Holly has been teaching a workshop here since Monday and we are honored to have her as our very special guest this year. Don’t miss this talk!

10:30 pm – Friday Night Social
It’s time for some relaxation and socializing in the courtyard. This is a great night to get to know people and make the rounds. I’m sure the place will be buzzing till the wee hours, so enjoy yourselves and be sure to pick up behind you so we don’t have a lot of clean up in the morning. If you’re not staying onsite, please be careful going home. There’s lots more to come and we don’t ewant you to miss out.


Saturday, June 21

9:00 am – Cyanotype Bookmaking Workshop*
*This workshop requires an extra fee and is being held at the workshop facility near Cross Village. Those signed up for this workshop should report there. If interested in taking this workshop, please ask upon check in or seek out someone with a red, crew stripe on their laminate.

10:00 am – Greg Seman
Greg comes to us from Traverse City, Michigan on the heels of the release of his new book, “Shine On”. Greg’s presentation will be of his gorgeous, silver gelatin prints in a more intimate presentation in the Sun Room. Come see some beautiful, silver prints and maybe pick up a signed copy of his fine, new book.

11:00 am – John Callow
Many of you will know John Callow as one of the long time moderators of  A.P.U.G.. Now’s your chance to meet him in the flesh. John does some fantastic night work combined with cross-processing that you’ll want to see. John also doesn’t hide his opinions on the state of photography and art, so this will be good.

Noon – Print Exchange
It’s time for the annual print exchange! Each year we do the print exchange where everyone who enters a print, gets a print. This year, people’s prints will be on display before the event begins. If you’d like to take home an original print from another, be sure to bring one along!

1:00 pm – The Wet Plate Jamboree
Join a host of wet plate shooters including Andrew Moxom, Daniel Seybold, Bill Schwab, Marek Warunkeiwicz and more out near th big tent for a collodion shoot out. They’ll be shooting portraits, demonstrating the process and more. Come smell the ether and maybe even get your portrait made.

4:00 pm – The State of the Art
Join us under the big tent for what could become a lively panel discussion on the current state of photography both as an art form and a business.

7:00 pm – Tim Hyde
Tim Hyde is a Washington DC photographer who recently mounted his first solo show with his nighttime photographs. Hyde is part of a cooperative gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Washington, and is represented by Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach. Tim has some wonderful work and I hope you’ll join him under the big tent for the first in tonight’s presentations.

8:00 pm – Brian Kelly (Cancelled)
Brian hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he is a sought after commercial/editorial photographer. Brian’s personal work is wonderful and he recently has been working on a very positive series of portraits centering on young entrepreneurs and believers in the city. A project funded in part by a very successful Kickstarter campaign.

9:00 pm – Clay Lipsky
It’s a real pleasure to have the fantastic, Clay Lipsky with us for Photostock 2014. Clay is a photographic artist and Emmy Award winning graphic designer based in Los Angeles. His series “Atomic Overlook” has been seen just about everywhere and now his latest series, “In Dark Light” is getting a lot of praise.

10:00 pm- Party on the Veranda
Time to kick back on the patio and under the big tent for an evening of socializing and more. This is our last night together and you’ll definitely want to hang around. Saturday parties at Photostock have been things of legends and it’s time to make some more. This will be a BYOB event, so please be sure to take care of your bottles and cans. If you bring it, take it away be it empty or full. We have a great relationship and track record with the fine people of the Birchwood Inn and we want to keep it that way. It will also be easier to clean up and pack in the morning for our respective trips home.


Sunday, June 22

11:00 am – As has become the tradition, Sunday is break-down day when everyone packs up their gear, says their goodbyes and gets on the road home. There are no scheduled events for today. 11:00 is check-out time at the hotel, but you shouldn’t feel as if you have to run. Still, many do get going and the place clears out pretty quick. Hopefully by this time you will have had such a good time and will be so charged up about your work and that of others, that you will need a rest before you get back to work with your newly recharged energy.

But before you go, consider booking your room for 2015. The dates have already been set and work is in progress to secure special guests. You can be sure that like this year, it will be an interesting and varied selection.

Photostock 2015 – June 18-21
Same time. Same Place. Hope to see you there!

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